Job Vacancies at Madeira-ITI

30 May, 2017

In the scope of R&D project “Projeto Estratégico LA 9 - UID/EEA/50009/2013” from Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute/ LARSyS, with the funding support from FCT/ MCTES through national funding, it is now open a call for 1 (one) Researcher (Research fellowship – BI or BIC) at the Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI) of the University of Madeira (Funchal, Portugal).

The successful candidate will integrate a group with high publication standards and records and will have access to additional funding, depending on performance, and a possibility to pursue a higher degree.

Scientific area: Energy

Sub research field: Photovoltaics, Energy Policy

Work plan:

The purpose of this work is to analyze the global effect of the introduction of Photovoltaic systems in the region of Madeira since the beginning of the new regulations in 2008. The introduction of these systems produced local electrical energy and avoided the consumption of regular fuel, minimizing the emission of pollutants. Under this work we will study the global production, the production by region inside Madeira, by installing company and the global Energy Policy effect in a decade, including the effect of the associated solar thermal installations. We also intend to compare the effect in similar regions around the world.

24 April, 2017

In the scope of R&D project “Projeto Estratégico LA 9 - UID/EEA/50009/2013” from Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute/ LARSyS, with the funding support from FCT/ MCTES through national funding, it is now open a call for 1 (one) Researcher (Research fellowship – BI or BIC) at the Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI) of the University of Madeira (Funchal, Portugal).

The successful candidate will integrate a group with high publication standards and records and will have access to additional funding, depending on performance, and a possibility to pursue a higher degree.

Scientific area: Energy

Sub research field: Photovoltaics, Energy Policy

Work plan:

The purpose of this work is to analyze the global effect of the introduction of Photovoltaic systems in the region of Madeira since the beginning of the new regulations in 2008. The introduction of these systems produced local electrical energy and avoided the consumption of regular fuel, minimizing the emission of pollutants. Under this work we will study the global production, the production by region inside Madeira, by installing company and the global Energy Policy effect in a decade, including the effect of the associated solar thermal installations. We also intend to compare the effect in similar regions around the world.

31 March, 2017

a. To perform solid research around interactive objects, office furniture and gadgets specifically targeted at increasing the productivity and creativity of office workers, in particular those involved directly or indirectly with the creative industries (e.g. film, advertising, design, fashion, etc.) as well as co-working spaces.
b. Drafting requirements and a functional design specification for a solution that responds to the previously mentioned challenges.
c. Validating a proof of concept using HCI techniques and lab prototyping a solution.
d. Writing scientific papers related to the research activities conducted within the scope of this project.

15 February, 2017

In the scope of R&D project “Projeto Estratégico LA 9 - UID/EEA/50009/2013” from Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute/ LARSyS, with the funding support from FCT/ MCTES through national funding, it is now open a call for 1 (one) full time vacancy for research and development of a smartwatch and smartphone system to gather human physiological data, in the scope of the project “BWATCH: Studying motivation, engagement and emotional states during binge watching.”

Job description:

In the scope of R&D project “Projeto Estratégico LA 9 - UID/EEA/50009/2013” from Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute/ LARSyS, with the funding support from FCT/ MCTES through national funding, it is now open a call for 1 (one) full time vacancy for research and development of a smartwatch and smartphone system to gather human physiological data, in the scope of the project “BWATCH: Studying motivation, engagement and emotional states during binge watching.”

Main research field: Human-Computer Interaction

Work plan:

The work to be developed is the research and coding/development of a smartwatch and smartphone system to gather human physiological data while watching online TV for a long period. The system will be used in an in-the-filed user study, which will be published in a top HCI venue.

Work place: 

The work will be conducted at Madeira­ITI (Funchal, Portugal) under the supervision of Prof. Diogo Cabral (http://www.m-iti.org/people/diogo) and Prof. Mónica Cameirão (http://neurorehabilitation.m­iti.org).

Monthly stipend: 

The monthly maintenance stipend will be between 980€ net (according to experience and academic degree) paid by wire transfer, according to the Portuguese directives from the ministry of science and education www.fct.pt/apoios/bolsas/valores.

Type of contract: To be defined 

Job country: Portugal 
Job city: Funchal 
Job company/institute: Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute 

Application deadline: 15 February 2017 
(The Application's deadline must be confirmed on the Job Description)

31 December, 2016

Postdoctoral Research Position

The Critical Technical Practice (CTP) Group  

Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute

The CTP Group at Madeira-ITI seeks postdoctoral researchers with a focus in: Technology in the Global South

The position of designers and technologists working to develop systems and products for citizens in the Global South is necessarily fraught and complex. For designers within the Global South, the tech and design discourse from the north is loud and difficult to escape. For designers outside, paternalism and neocolonialism are occupational hazards. The specter of "development" looms over any system, while tech narratives like "Africa rising" are often sensationalistic. Recent forays into "postcolonial computing" have little traction. We postulate that much work remains to be done in south-south and south-north collaborations. As Megan Smith (Obama's Whitehouse CTO) has said, technologists "talk about the next 3 billion people coming into the conversation because Internet technologies are allowing that, and some people think, 'Well that's a market!' But it's not a market. These are our colleagues... our coinventors."   

We seek a postdoctoral candidate interested in contributing to the development of technologies for the global south with international collaborators, and simultaneously contributing to the development of tools for making such collaborations possible. Areas of interest might include rural peer communications, village telephony systems, modular agricultural tooling, civic media, technologies of dissent, postcolonial computing, innovation in the global south, appropriate technologies, free software, open hardware, or other approaches to sociotechnical systems. Candidates with primarily analytical/theoretical backgrounds may apply, as might ones from an ICT/engineering/design background who are interested in problematizing or challenging traditional engineering approaches. Candidates from around the world are encouraged to apply.

The postdoc would work with ERA Chair Prof. Chris Csikszentmihalyi, other CTP Faculty, graduate students, and staff to strengthen our research capacity in sociotechnical innovation. S/he would produce original research, contribute to grant writing, and have the option of teaching if interested. The ideal candidate would have demonstrated technical ability motivated by strong interest in the sociopolitical dimensions of technology; be able to conduct independent and collaborative research; and demonstrate an interest in working in a multi-disciplinary research environment.  

The CTP Group was founded in 2015 to develop technologies for an expanded range of human experiences. It is funded through the European Commission’s ERAChair program, which was designed to attract top candidates to beautiful but outlying parts of Europe. Our lab features state-of-the-art fabrication equipment, including CNC machine tools and electronics fabrication, as well as more traditional artisanal tools. Madeira-ITI is one of the top HCI centers in Europe, recently evaluated with the highest mark of "Excellent" by Portugal’s national science foundation (FCT). Madeira itself is a small semi-autonomous island, located off the coast of Morocco with a quarter million people, beautiful landscape, and temperature near 20 degrees all year.

 

31 December, 2016

Postdoctoral Research Position

The Critical Technical Practice (CTP) Group  

Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute

 

The CTP Group at Madeira-ITI seeks postdoctoral researcher with a focus in the area of: Critical Technical Practice.

Technology is an aspect of human culture, but its political dimension is consistently dissimulated. By turning to the work of critical historians, sociologists, and anthropologists of science, we can design technologies for citizens rather than consumers, and resist regressive technologies that legislate on the sly. Borrowing Agre's term "Critical Technical Practice," our lab seeks to develop technologies that defy norms of engineering and markets, and ultimately to break Moore's law.

The postdoc would work with ERA Chair Prof. Chris Csikszentmihalyi, other CTP Faculty, graduate students, and staff to help build our research direction of sociotechnical innovation. S/he would produce original research, contribute to grant writing, and have the option of teaching if interested. The ideal candidate would have demonstrated technical ability motivated by strong interest in the sociopolitical dimensions of technology; be able to conduct independent and collaborative research; and an interest in working in a multi-disciplinary research environment. They should include a portfolio (or links to examples) of experience in sociopolitical technology design and/or scholarship in STS or related fields. These might include, but are not limited to: STS-informed Technology, Critical Design, Appropriate Technology, Citizen Science, Technology for Activism, or related fields.

The CTP Group was founded in 2015 to develop technologies for an expanded range of human experiences. It is funded through the European Commission’s ERAChair program, designed to attract top candidates to beautiful but outlying parts of Europe. Our lab features state-of-the-art fabrication equipment, including CNC machine tools and electronics fabrication, as well as more traditional artisanal tools. Madeira-ITI is one of the top HCI centers in Europe, recently evaluated with the highest mark of "Excellent" by Portugal’s national science foundation (FCT). Madeira itself is a small semi-autonomous island, located off the coast of Morocco with a quarter million people, beautiful landscape, and temperature near 20 degrees all year.

30 October, 2016

The CTP Group at Madeira-ITI seeks a talented communicator with a background in technology and social innovation in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The candidate will manage and coordinate a six month research project to map and better understand the space of technology and social innovation in a large number of African countries, conducting both a broad survey and in-depth analysis. Most of the research will be conducted by electronic means, through surveys, questionnaires, phone interviews, and Skype focus groups.

The candidate will work with a team of half a dozen other researchers, but be responsible for most of the interviews and initial writing. The candidate will be expected to blog our progress, and contribute to a database and interactive map developed with in-house tech talent.

The candidate should be based in or have spent a significant amount of time in SSA, and be versed in contemporary technology and social innovation initiatives in at least one region, though ideally with a knowledge of and understanding of trends in other parts of the continent.

Fluent english is required; French and Portuguese would be helpful. Candidates should submit a CV, and a portfolio of evidence of relevant prior work.

The work will be supervised by Dr. Chris Csikszentmihalyi, ERA Chair & Scientific Director.

Workplace: M-ITI office at Madeira | Portugal

29 September, 2016

One full time vacancy is open for research and development in the scope of Regional Project Regional Project M1420-01-0145-FEDER-000002/ RH017, co­-financed by “Madeira 1420”.

5 September, 2016

A full time vacancy is open for research in the scope of the Horizon 2020 “PIE News” project (Poverty, Income, and Employment News). The overall ambition of the PIE News project is to foster the emergence of commonfare as an alternative economic model to fight poverty, a condition affecting some 25% of the European population. Commonfare is a new collaborative form of welfare provision based on equitable governance and grassroots democracy. It entails the involvement of diverse stakeholders to facilitate the bottom-up arousal of collective practices tackling the needs of the new poor (precarious workers, working poor, NEETs, people left behind by safety nets). The consortium will achieve this goal through a Collective Awareness Platform (CAPS) which (a) informs people about existing welfare state provisions, (b) provides them with the means to share good practices on how to handle poverty-related issues, and (c) supports their abilities to network and to sustain real-life value.

The person will research and investigate the public design process enacted during the PIE News project. In particular, will focus on the interrelation between the design of the technical components of the platform and the formation of a vibrant public interested in and supportive of the platform itself. The person will work under the supervision of Prof. Maurizio Teli, the Research and Innovation Coordinator of the PIE News project.

Whoever is interested, can contact us via    to receive more information and a more extended description of the project. 

5 September, 2016

A full time vacancy is open for research in the scope of the Horizon 2020 “PIE News” project (Poverty, Income, and Employment News). The overall ambition of the PIE News project is to foster the emergence of commonfare as an alternative economic model to fight poverty, a condition affecting some 25% of the European population. Commonfare is a new collaborative form of welfare provision based on equitable governance and grassroots democracy. It entails the involvement of diverse stakeholders to facilitate the bottom-up arousal of collective practices tackling the needs of the new poor (precarious workers, working poor, NEETs, people left behind by safety nets). The consortium will achieve this goal through a Collective Awareness Platform (CAPS) which (a) informs people about existing welfare state provisions, (b) provides them with the means to share good practices on how to handle poverty-related issues, and (c) supports their abilities to network and to sustain real-life value.

The person will research and investigate the public design process enacted during the PIE News project. In particular, will focus on the interrelation between the design of the technical components of the platform and the formation of a vibrant public interested in and supportive of the platform itself. The person will work under the supervision of Prof. Maurizio Teli, the Research and Innovation Coordinator of the PIE News project.

Whoever is interested, can contact us via    to receive more information and a more extended description of the project. 

 

26 August, 2016

The Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI) invites applications for the position of Researcher in Communication and Academic Management in the scope of the Horizon 2020 “PIE News” project (Poverty, Income, and Employment News). 

10 August, 2016

The Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI) of the University of Madeira invites applications for the position of tenure track research faculty in design research, to begin in the fall term of 2017 in the scope of Regional Project M1420-01-0145-FEDER-000002/ RH016, co-financed by “Madeira 14-20”. The candidate should be dedicated design researcher, prepared to contribute to multidisciplinary projects focused on investigating and deploying new humanist technologies that promote interaction between technology and the arts and humanities.

12 July, 2016

Three part­-times vacancies are open for research and development in the scope of Regional Project M1420-01-0145-FEDER-000002/ RH015, co­ financed by “Madeira 1420”.
The grant is for a period of 3 months, which it can be extended for periods of 3 months.
This call provides exciting opportunities to work with faculty on research projects across M­ITI, contributing directly to the creation of knowledge, building new skills and strengthening the link between teaching and research.

Workplan:
 Collaboration in a citizen science participatory community sensing project to record wildlife sounds across Madeira. The intern will be based at M-iti (University of Madeira) and will deploy acoustic sensors across the island with the help of the local community to record wildlife and acoustically analyse the resulting data and report findings. The initial focus of the project would be understand the status and distribution of the endangered Madeira pipistrelle bat and will involve a training visit to The Centre for Biodiversity & Environment Research at University College London. 

Monthly stipend: The stipend will be of 385€, paid monthly by bank transfer. 

It’s up to the faculty supervisor and the student to decide how much time the student will work. 

 

7 July, 2016

Two full time vacancies are open for research and development in the scope of Regional Project M1420-01-0145-FEDER-000002/ RH014, co-financed by “Madeira 14-20”.
The grant is for a period of 12 months, which it can be extended for periods of 12 months until the end of the project, for a maximum of 3 years.

Benefits

Fellowship value: The monthly maintenance stipend is of 1495€ net, according to the Portuguese directives from the ministry of science and education www.fct.pt/apoios/bolsas/valores.phtml.en). This value can be complemented with social security reimbursement if the researcher subscribes the voluntary SSV according to the Portuguese Law – Lei Nº. 202/2012, de 27 de Agosto.

13 June, 2016

Five part-times vacancies are open for research and development in the scope of Regional Project M1420­01­0145­FEDER­000002/ RH013, co­financed by “Madeira 14­20”.
The grant is for a period of 3 months, non renewable.
This call provides exciting opportunities for undergraduates to work with faculty on research projects across M-ITI, contributing directly to the creation of knowledge, building new skills and strengthening the link between teaching and research.

Tasks include:
The selected students will work side-by-side with M-ITI researchers and faculty in enriching experiences surrounding research. Students apply for a student research position with a particular faculty member who will oversee their progress throughout the course of one semester. Some positions also give students the opportunity to work with advanced undergraduate peer mentors and graduate 

It’s up to the faculty supervisor and the student to decide how much time the student will work; most projects expect 20 to 25 hours per week. 

Workplace: Facilities of Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute, located in Polo Cientifico e Tecnologico da Madeira, Caminho da Penteada, 9020-105 Funchal 

All necessary equipment will be provided by M-ITI.

12 February, 2016

RH011 - Communication Post-doc Researcher

One full time vacancy is open for research and development in the scope of Regional Project M1420-01-0145-FEDER-000002/ RH011, co-financed by “Madeira 14-20”.
The grant is for a period of 12 months, which it can be extended for periods of 12 months until the end of the project, for a maximum of 3 years.

Scientific Advisor: Prof. Dra. Valentina Nisi 

Work Location: Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute – Madeira – Funchal

Description

The candidate will carry out communication research as well as helping to shape and manage the UT Austin partnership collaboration, helping to arrange scientific events. The candidate is to pursue carrying out joint research with faculty or researchers over there.

Benefits

Fellowship value: The monthly maintenance stipend is of 1495€ net, according to the Portuguese directives from the ministry of science and education www.fct.pt/apoios/bolsas/valores.phtml.en). This value can be complemented with social security reimbursement if the researcher subscribes the voluntary SSV according to the Portuguese Law – Lei Nº. 202/2012, de 27 de Agosto.

 

 

15 January, 2016

One full time vacancy is open for research and development in the scope of Regional Project M1420-01-0145-FEDER-000002/ RH009, co-financed by “Madeira 14-20”.
The grant is for a period of 12 months, which it can be extended for periods of 12 months until the end of the project, for a maximum of 3 years.

Description

The work to be developed is the study and development of applications and services related to an indoor and outdoor low cost tracking system for tourist in Madeira Island based on Wi-Fi and low-power Bluetooth technologies. The goal of the system is to produce anonymous statistics about the number of people passing through particular locations and/or entering building and attractions. The system should detect passersby in specific locations and provide that information over a web service. 

Scientific Advisor: Prof. Dra. Valentina Nisi 

Work Location: Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute – Madeira – Funchal

 

Benefits

Fellowship value: The monthly maintenance stipend is of 980€ net, according to the Portuguese directives from the ministry of science and education www.fct.pt/apoios/bolsas/valores.phtml.en). This value can be complemented with social security reimbursement if the researcher subscribes the voluntary SSV according to the Portuguese Law – Lei Nº. 202/2012, de 27 de Agosto.

5 January, 2016

The Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI) of the University of Madeira invites applications for the position of tenure track research faculty in design research, to begin in the fall term of 2016 in the scope of Regional Project M1420-01-0145-FEDER-000002/ RH007​, co-financed by “Madeira 14-20”. The candidate should be a dedicated design researcher, prepared to contribute to multidisciplinary projects focused on investigating and deploying new humanist technologies that promote interaction between technology and the arts and humanities.

Description

How can computers help us to analyze, create, and interact with culture? And how can design research and humanistic approaches help us to improve our understanding of digital media? In the past two decades research in the design research has expanded rapidly. We are looking for an exceptional researcher who is eager to: embrace rather than dissimulate the possibilities of new electronic forms of design and culture; draw from the arts and humanities as much as computer science for inspiration; and directly contribute to our primary research outputs: new interactions between technology, design and the humanities deployed and tested in the field. Research at M-ITI in this field will be multidisciplinary and we are open to candidates from a range of complementary disciplines in the humanities, with demonstrated research interests in areas including:

-->Artistic and humanistic approaches to technology
-->Design research
-->Cultural ethnography
-->Cultural heritage
-->Digital curation

Duration

Envisaged Job Starting Date 01/09/2016, duration TBD

31 December, 2015

It is currently open one full time vacancy for research and development in the scope of Regional Project M1420-01-0145-FEDER-000002/ RH006, co-financed by the “Madeira 14-20”.

The grant is for a period of 12 months, which it can be extended for periods of 6 months until de end of the project

The work to be developed is the study and development of a comprehensive social networking analysis model for the Tourism and marketing indicators of the Promotion Agency of Madeira.

 

Fellowship value: The monthly maintenance stipend is of 745€ net, according to the Portuguese directives from the ministry of science and education www.fct.pt/apoios/bolsas/valores.phtml.en). This value can be complemented with social security reimbursement if the researcher subscribes the voluntary SSV according to the Portuguese Law – Lei Nº. 202/2012, de 27 de Agosto.

24 November, 2015

Three part time vacancies are open for research and development in the scope of Regional Project M1420-99-9999-FEDER-000035/ RH004, co-financed by MADEIRA 1420.

The grant is for a period of 6 months, which it can be extended for periods of 3 months until de end of the project.

Job Description

The work to be developed involves assisting the team of researchers in the design of an innovative TransMedia concept experience to foster the marketing efforts of the Madeira promotion together with concept media and context that could be used to illustrate this future vision. The researcher interns will be responsible for: i) user research, evaluation and testing; ii) production and post-production of the transmedia story; iii) social media analysis.

Fellowship value: The monthly maintenance stipend is of 385€ net, according to the Portuguese directives from the ministry of science and education www.fct.pt/apoios/bolsas/valores.phtml.en). 

Working Hours: 20 hours per week

 

23 October, 2015

One full time vacancy is currently open for a Systems & Laboratory Administrator in a research and development project in the scope of Regional Project M1420-99-9999-FEDER-000035/ RH003, co-financed by Madeira 14-20 programme. 

NOTE: While university education in Computer Science (or equivalent) is recommended, all candidates with proven professional experience in the field will be considered for the position.

19 January, 2015

The Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI) invites applications for a Post-doc Researcher position, to begin in the first quarter of 2016 in the scope of Regional Project M1420-01-0145-FEDER-000002/ RH008​, co-financed by “Madeira 14-20”. The candidate should be a dedicated psychology researcher, prepared to contribute to multidisciplinary projects focused on investigating benefits of international partnerships in the academic sector.
 

Description

The Workplan defined for this project is: The selected applicant will study the impact of the factors culture and background in the learning process of the graduate students involved in international educational partnerships, as well as the effects for the local students, faculty, university and educational system. 

31 December, 2014

The Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI) of the University of Madeira invites applications for the positions of tenure track research faculty to join the ERA Chair team at the Assistant or Associate level, to begin in the spring or fall terms of 2015. The candidate should be a dedicated experimentalist, prepared to contribute to a multidisciplinary “constellation” focused on designing and deploying new humanist technologies that promote social justice, sustainability, and community empowerment. The constellation is housed within a unique and upcoming research institution dedicated to new visions for technology and society, and funded by the European Research Area through the LEAPFROG project of the forthcoming Horizon 2020 program, a prestigious grant awarded to only eleven research institutions in Europe.

The ERA Chair in HCI and Design Innovation is led by Chris Csikszentmihályi, a world class researcher with a background in technologies that promote social justice, sustainability, and community empowerment. The ERA Chair will bring together critical technical practitioners who approach Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and technology design from the “Human” side, privileging social, political, historical, and cultural inquiry as a means to expand and rebalance the making of material culture.

We are looking for exceptional researchers eager to: embrace rather than dissimulate the political and geopolitical aspects of design; draw from the humanities and human sciences as much as computer science for inspiration; and directly contribute to our primary research outputs: new technologies and systems deployed and tested in the field. The constellation will be multidisciplinary and we are open to candidates from a wide range of complementary academic disciplines, with demonstrated research interests in areas including:

• The study of global flows and systems

• Appropriate technology or technology for “development”

• Civic media

• Traditional HCI with humanist interests

• Big data with a focus on environment, social justice, or international political economy

• Artistic and humanistic approaches to technology

• Technology for social change or activism

It is currently open one full time vacancy for research and development in the scope of Regional Project M1420-99-9999-FEDER-000035/ RH001, co-financed by Intervir + programme. 

The grant is for a period of 12 months, which it can be extended for periods of 6 months until de end of the project. 

The work to be developed is the study and development of an indoor and outdoor low cost tracking system for tourist in Madeira Island based on Wi-Fi and low-power Bluetooth technologies. The goal of the system is to produce anonymous statistics about the number of people passing through particular locations and/or entering building and attractions. The system should detect passersby in specific locations and provide that information over a web service. 

Fellowship value: The monthly maintenance stipend is of 745€ net, according to the Portuguese directives from the ministry of science and education www.fct.pt/apoios/bolsas/valores.phtml.en). This value can be complemented with social security reimbursement if the researcher subscribes the voluntary SSV according to the Portuguese Law – Lei Nº. 202/2012, de 27 de Agosto. 

Requirements: Candidates are required to have an academic degree in Computer Science or Engineering. Research related experience is desirable. Fluency in English is mandatory. 

Selection Criteria

The jury will select the candidates based on a curricular evaluation and, if necessary, using job professional interviews. The selection criteria is the following: • Education Background and graduation (40%) • Technology related skills relevant for the project execution (30%) • Experience in related tasks (20%) • English language skills (10%) 

Members of the Jury: Prof. Dr. Nuno Jardim Nunes Prof. Dr. Julian Hanna Prof. Dra. Valentina Nisi 

Applications: All candidates should present their applications by e-mail (to: ) until the 13th of September 2015. 

The application must include: • Letter of introduction, explaining how the candidate is covering the requirements); • CV (Europass) with a photo; • Copy of all certificates that prove the habilitations mentioned in the CV 

Selected applicants shall receive a notification of the results until the 18th of September. 

The research grant is predicted to start on the 1st of October 2015

Work Location: Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute – Madeira – Funchal 

Scientific Advisor: Prof. Dr. Duarte Nuno Jardim Nunes